Italian Operator Air Corporate Signs Landmark Deal for 43 Helicopters with Airbus

Italian Operator Air Corporate Signs Landmark Deal for 43 Helicopters with Airbus

(IN BRIEF) Italian business aviation operator Air Corporate has placed a firm order for 43 helicopters from Airbus, including 40 single-engine helicopters (H125/H130) and three ACH160s. This order, the largest commercial helicopter order by Airbus in Italy, will support private and business passenger services as well as utility operations. The helicopters will be delivered over the coming years. Air Corporate has been expanding its fleet and has previously ordered 28 helicopters from Airbus. Airbus has a strong presence in the Italian helicopter market, serving 90 customers with over 240 helicopters in service.

(PRESS RELEASE) GENEVA, 25-May-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Airbus (EPA: AIR), a European multinational aerospace corporation, announces that Air Corporate, a leading Italian business aviation operator, has solidified its commitment to growth with a significant order of 43 helicopters from Airbus on the final day of the EBACE 2023. The order comprises 40 single-engine helicopters (H125/H130) and three ACH160s from Airbus Corporate Helicopters, adding to the two ACH160s already on order, all configured in the luxurious Line configuration with the Lounge package.

This contract marks the largest commercial helicopter order secured by Airbus in Italy and underscores Air Corporate’s dedication to enhancing their fleet. Over the coming years, these helicopters will be delivered to support a wide range of private and business passenger services, as well as utility operations.

The Air Corporate board said in a statement: “We are experiencing a growing demand for the innovative ACH160 in the Italian market. The ACH160 is a beautiful, safe and comfortable helicopter and the Line configuration with Lounge package configuration guarantees elegance and, at the same time, excellent performance”.

“Equally the H125 remains the helicopter of reference for aerial work missions in Italy due to its unrivalled performance. The H130 is also enjoying great success in our country for tourist flights and passenger transport”.

Airbus Helicopters Head of Europe Region Thomas Hein said: “I would like to thank Air Corporate for its continued trust in our products. This order is the result of the years we invested in building and maintaining a strong business relationship with Air Corporate. I am proud of the success of Air Corporate in further expanding its fleet and the private business aviation sector in Italy”.

This latest order builds upon the existing partnership between Air Corporate and Airbus, which has seen 28 additional orders from the Verona-based operator in recent years. The continuous fleet expansion aligns with Air Corporate’s strategic vision. In the past two years alone, they have taken delivery of 17 Airbus helicopters, including the introduction of two twin-engine H135s.

Airbus has been a key player in the Italian helicopter market for 50 years, with a strong presence and a loyal customer base. Currently, the company serves 90 customers in Italy, with a fleet of over 240 helicopters in active service.

Air Corporate’s collaboration with Airbus reinforces their position as a prominent player in the Italian business aviation sector, furthering their commitment to delivering exceptional service and cutting-edge aircraft to meet the evolving needs of their clients.

Media contacts:

Kieran Daly
Airbus Helicopters
Phone: +44 777 1 38 9229

Belén Morant
Airbus Helicopters
Phone: +33 6 75 81 80 70

SOURCE: Airbus


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